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DOL stops issuing wage-and-hour opinion letters

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Looking for an answer to your complex, fact-specific question about overtime, FLSA or wage-and-hour issues? For the past 50 years, employers could ask the U.S. Department of Labor to issue an “opinion letter” to provide guidance. But the DOL stopped the practice last month, replacing the letters with “administrator interpretations” designed to offer general guidance on federal pay laws.

The change signals how the DOL is now favoring employees over employers where pay disputes are concerned.

“When it comes to employees, the DOL is bending over backwards to educate them as to their rights under the FLSA,” says attorney James Coleman of Constagny, Brooks & Smith. "But when it comes to employers, the DOL is no longer willing to even respond to their specific inquiries where they are attempting to seek guidance."

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